Local Dishes you Have to Try in Barcelona
Local dishes you must try in Barcelona
To get to know the Catalonian culture better, you must try some of the traditional dishes. For the local people, eating together is a perfect chance to meet, talk and enjoy free time with friends and family. The food and drinks are, of course, a perfect accompaniment for it! Typical Spanish plates are rather simple and usually made of local products. Thanks to Barcelona’s perfect climate and the seaside location, they are all very fresh and tasty. The basic ingredients are vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, artichokes, eggplants), meat, especially pork sausages and cured hams, and many kinds of seafood. In bars and restaurants you will find two kinds of dishes: tapas and raciones. The famous tapas are small portion of a dish, served on little plates. Meanwhile raciones are bigger and more complex. The large selection of them can make you feel confused. Wanting to make your choice easier, here give you some local dishes you must try in Barcelona!
This simple tapas appears in menu of almost every bar and restaurant in Barcelona! The dish consist of fried cubes of potatoes served with a spicy tomato or garlic alioli sauce. The authentic patatas bravas should be freshly fried, crispy on the top and soft inside, provided with a homemade sauce and a pinch of aromatic smoked paprika. It’s delicious, cheap (around 3,5 €) and it will satisfy your appetite. Sounds like a perfect snack, doesn’t it?
Pa amb Tomàquet
Basic “Bread with Tomato” is both an excellent as an additional food to your main plate or as a little snack . The uncomplicated bread with tomato is perfect comfort food, thanks to the good quality and local ingredients. The Catalonian’s secret is definetely tasty, toasted bread with a special mixture of ripe tomatoes and fresh seasoned, olive oil and garlic. It is usually accompanied with olives, anchovies, ham or cheese.
Now something for the meat lovers. The name embotit comes from the Catalan language and means plate of various, cured meats and sausages. In a typical embotit you will find regional delicacies such as sweet or spicy chorizo, pork sausage botifarra, blood morcilla, dry fuet and the world famous Iberian ham. You will be amazed by their different structures and distinct tastes. If you want to try it, you should head to some original Spanish tapas bars or bodegas in which the meat is delivered by butchers who respect the traditional recipes.
Another dish made of potatoes, but totally different in its taste and structure is “The Bombs”. This dish consists of little balls of smoothy smashed potatoes, stuffed with meat or vegetables. They are all fried with breadcrumbs and finished with mayonnaise, aioli or salsa brava. One of the most popular places where you can eat the Bomba is in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. The cooks of those restaurants compete for the best recipes, thanks to which, you can have an incredible dish there!
Calçots and Romesco Sauce
If you really want to eat like a local, Calçots with romesco sauce is a must-eat. The Calçots is a special kind of green onion from the Catalan region Tarragona. This unique vegetable is very important for the Catalans. They celebrate its harvest during the annual event Calçotada. On this day, people gather together and prepare a special barbecue with calçots. When the onion is well grilled, they wrap it up in newspaper and serve it with a romesco sauce. During the season for Calçots, from November to April, you can find this special dish in some of the restaurants in Barcelona. If you are in Catalonia during the season, don’t hesitate to try it!
Originally, Paella is a Valencian dish, but it’s very popular all over Spain, including Barcelona. This rice plate mixed with meat, seafood or vegetables always wins everyone’s heart. In Barcelona you can find this delicious dish almost in every corner in every street. The most iconic one is Pealla Valenciana, which contains chicken, rabbit, vegetables and seafood. The essential ingredient is saffron, which gives this dish an inimitable, aromatic taste! There is also the paella de marisco (seafood paella), the vegetarian or the mixed one, among others. The diversion of its combinations makes this dish suitable for everyone!
Every meal should be finished with something sweet. If you are in Barcelona, it should be definitely Crema Catalana. It’s a dessert that is very similar to crème brûlée. Main ingredients are milk, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. It has a creamy structure topped with a crispy layer of burned sugar. Every bite of this amazing custard will create a fiesta in your mouth!
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